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Bucs were second team to ask Broncos about Cutler



Denver coach Josh McDaniels said Monday that the Broncos had never discussed trading quarterback Jay Cutler until two teams approached them about a three-way deal involving the Patriots' Matt Cassel just prior to the free agent signing period.

The Bucs were the second team to propose the deal, according to McDaniels. The Detroit Lions are believed to be the first.

"We never pursued that,' McDaniels said. "That's the simple answer. If we were trying to pursue this two weeks prior, that would've been a different story.

"They know I have a relationship with the other player (Cassel). I don't think Bill Belichick wanted to trade Matt Cassel to me. Why would he want to do that? Because it would help our team and he does know that I've coached the player. He saw what happened this past year. I don't know that I would want to do that with any of our players, send them to a guy that had coached them and had success with them. That would improve their team significantly.

"That's the reason we never came up with this scenario. It didn't make any sense. We had a good player. We had Jay Cutler.''

McDaniels said nobody has approached him at the NFL annual meetings about trading for Cutler, although he acknowledged some teams have left word of their interest with general manager Brian Xanders.

"Nobody has approached me, called me,'' McDaniels said. "I don't know if they're afraid of me.  Nobody has talked to me, nobody has tried to communicate with me indirectly or directly. I know people have briefly expressed interest with Brian Xanders. But again, I'll reinterate, there's not any decision that's going to happen in our organization relative to our football team without going through me, so I'm not sure where they're going with that.''

McDaniels says he's been in contact with Cutler over the past few days and is focused on setting up a one-on-one meeting with his beleaguered quarterback, who has asked to be traded.

"He's our quarterback,' McDaniels said. "We're committed to him as long as he's committed to us.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:29pm]


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